Exclusive Interview With Rose Byrne on Get Him to the Greek 2010-06-03 14:45:34

Rose Byrne Talks Playing Russell Brand's Leading Lady

Russell Brand may be the star of this week's release Get Him to the Greek, but behind every funny man there's a hilarious woman. Rose Byrne, best known for her role on Damages, plays Brand's rockstar girlfriend and female counterpart. As Jackie Q, she's just as raunchy and ridiculous as Brand's character Aldous Snow — and steals plenty of scenes in the film. You've already seen our wacky interview with Brand, but we also had the pleasure of talking to Byrne about prepping for the role and working alongside the much-buzzed-about comedian. Here are highlights:

  • On working with Brand: “It was brilliant. He was a great scene partner and really professional. Obviously he has a reputation that proceeds him — you never know how that's gonna be, when you've heard about someone and they've had incidents. But on the contrary he was very professional and sweet and amazing at improvising. He's very funny . . . He’s got an off switch so when we were working he was pretty focused. There was some laughing going on but most of the time we were just focused.”
  • On the making of her character’s raunchy music: “There was a fantastic team on writers on board. They did such a good job since it’s a satire on the music industry but the record does an amazing job of not making it descend into a parody, which is a very fine line . . . To me it sounded a lot like Lily Allen or her sound, quintessentially British . . . They were really trying to make it a legitimate sounding song, where maybe on the second listen you’d say, 'Oh, what is she saying?!' It’s the lyrics, they’re really bad, really raunchy!”
  • On getting musical help from Jason Segel: “He wrote one of my tracks called 'Supertight.' I only met him once, thought, when I was at the Emmys sweating profusely because it was about 100 degrees.”

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  • On having a background in music: “I played piano when I was little and my brother is a singer-songwriter but that’s it! I’ve sung before in a film in England and I’ve sung in auditions and things like that but this is the first time I’ve ever been in a recording studio. It was really fun, it was really hard work. I had a whole new respect for musicians and singers and writers, the whole process that goes into it and the collaboration.”
  • On Diddy joining the cast as a tough music mogul: “His performance is wonderful! He’s a brilliant, natural comedian. I thought it was a bit of stroke of genius casting. He clearly knows a lot about the role as well!”
  • On working with musician Lars Ulrich [who plays Brand's on-screen nemesis]: “He was a great sport because he’s obviously a musician. But I suppose you don’t walk into a something like that without having a good attitude — like a relaxed, laid-back good attitude about the whole thing. I’m sure he was familiar with Sarah Marshall.”
  • On how Lars ended up in the film:. “In all the drafts I had read, it was his name. He was their number one dream . . . and they got him!”
  • On her Summer plans: “I’m just starting up on a movie called Bridesmaids that Judd Apatow’s producing again. It’s a comedy that Kristen Wiig, she’s wonderful and a brilliant actress and comedian, and she’s written, is starring in, and producing!”

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